Take Urgent Action to Stop the European Union squirrel cull (massacre)

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Please sign Urgent Petition to :Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs & Fisheries and Daniel Calleja Crespo, EU Director-General for Environment

“Politicians from the European Union have introduced a new law obliging the United Kingdom, Ireland and Italy to organise the killing of hundreds of thousands of grey squirrels, every year from 2016, using methods that include poisoning, bludgeoning to death or trapping and shooting [1].

This horrid and inhumane “programme” is to be sponsored from the money of taxpayers from all EU countries.

Killing squirrels is to be conducted even in the time of year when females nurse their dependent kittens. Killing thousands of nursing females will cause tens of thousands of baby squirrels starve to death over several days. Starving animals is a torture in breach of animal welfare standards of the World Organisation for Animal Health.”

Read more and sign and share the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/723/774/674/stop-the-european-union-squirrel-cull/

Please read More about the grey squirrel and take part in the suggested actions (includes the petition above) from Vegetarians International Voice for Animals VIVA

“Native to North America, the grey squirrel was brought to Victorian Britain as an ornamental species by the aristocracy. today, these highly intelligent and adaptable animals can be seen in woodlands, parks and gardens across the country.

While many people have great affection and respect for grey squirrels, they are hated by members of certain groups, most notably those with shooting or forestry interests, and some ‘conservationists’ who believe that the mass killing of greys is justifiable in their quest to boost the number of red squirrels. What is even worse is that the European Union is introducing a new law obliging the United Kingdom, Ireland and Italy to organise the killing of hundreds of thousands of grey squirrels, every year from 2016.

What can I do?

Sign the petition telling the EU to scrap the grey squirell ‘cull’

Boycott Duchy Originals over Prince Charles’ advocating killing grey squirrels

Click the following link for more information and campaign materials
http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work/squirrels

It is time to leave these defenceless animals alone, they are now a part of our environment, they are a part of nature, they are sentient beings with as much right to live in the world as you or I or the more favoured red squirrel.

Please take action and share share share. You do not have to live in the EU, atrocities against animals is of concern to ethical people everywhere, the injustice of animal abuse and the wanton murder of helpless beings is the responsibility of all decent caring people worldwide. There is no place in a just society for the mass killings of other species simply because they are deemed an inconvenience. We will never have a peaceful world until we stop treating animals as though they are expendable, as though their lives do not matter. We are not the lords of the entire damn universe, we do not have the right to decide who should live and who should die. Culling ( killing, murdering) animals is grossly unethical, it is a crime against nature.

Grey squirrels are amazing creatures.

Clever little creatures they are so adept at stealing food put out for birds. I have seen the squirrel below tip up a bird feeder and sake the seeds loose.

The three photographs including the one at the top are among those my husband and I have taken recently.

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5 thoughts on “Take Urgent Action to Stop the European Union squirrel cull (massacre)

  1. Great entry Ëmile Antoine,
    I can recommend to you reading the analysis of scientific research about the reasons for red squirrel population decline in the UK: http://i-csrs.com/red-squirrels-decline
    It’s a really interesting confrontation of myths spread about grey squirrels with scientific research results.
    Have a nice afternoon 🙂
    Peter

  2. I can’t imagine many landowning supporters of the current government will want to stop this little earner, £100 per hectare, every year for 5 years and that’s on top of all their other land subsidies.

    • I agree there will be many who will not wish to stop this, it will not be easy but we have to try. As usual it is all about money and insatiable greed, this time at the expense of animals and it has to stop.

  3. I don’t know how abuse of this system will be prevented so all these landowners won’t simply receive even more ‘money for old rope’ at taxpayers’ expense. I can’t imagine the many supporters of the current government wanting to stop this potential earner, £100 per hectare, every year for 5 years and that’s on top of all their other land subsidies.

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